Ericsson on Wednesday announced an IoT Accelerator program where customers from sectors such as public safety, utilities, transport and smart cities can connect with IoT partners and monetize their solutions. This was announced at the ongoing industrial technology trade fair Hannover Messe 2016 in Germany.
“The IoT Accelerator will be offered as a service to enable customers to overcome the barriers of cost and complexity and rapidly develop and deploy new IoT solutions,” Ericsson said in a statement. The IoT Accelerator service will be available at the end of Q3 to customers globally.
The service has multiple modules. The IoT platforms’ capabilities include data management, billing, device management, connectivity services and analytics whereas the planned expansion modules include a self-service portal, developer environment and software development kit.
“IoT Accelerator will leverage the Ericsson Cloud System to support hybrid cloud deployments and meet data sovereignty and security requirements. All main connectivity standards are supported, and the Accelerator will leverage Ericsson’s Cellular for Massive IoT software solutions, including support for NB-IoT, LTE Cat-M1 and EC-GSM-IoT technologies for low power wide area applications,” the statement added.
As per Ericsson, the offering will leverage the company’s complete portfolio of services, including everything from initial setup services to business consulting, application development and maintenance, systems integration and industry transformation services.
Orvar Hurtig, Head of Industry & Society at Ericsson, says: “We believe in empowering organizations to connect people, devices and things as quickly and easily as possible. We will initially focus on public safety, utilities, transport and smart cities customers, continuously adjusting to their needs and feedback, and improving ease of use and delivery speed through a DevOps approach to software development. We deliver these capabilities to our customers via the IoT Accelerator.”
The marketplace included in the offering is both a repository of apps and a collaborative development site. It allows companies to develop solutions in close cooperation with ecosystem partners and – optionally – make them available to their own customers.
While the IoT market is developing rapidly, successful customer engagements require the ability to adapt to local preferences, adhere to specific regional or industry regulatory requirements and enable ecosystem cooperation to develop solutions that can be rapidly brought to market. For this reason, Ericsson will support IoT Accelerator customers with regional business labs that can execute global capabilities locally.